Issue #159: October 15, 2005.
- Oprah is adding Broadway producer to her long list of achievements. When The
Color Purple the Musical debuts December 1 at the Broadway Theatre Oprah will
be there to see what was her film debut come to life on the stage.
- Continuing with the film to stage theme, Dolly Parton is currently
scoring a musical version of her 1980 movie Nine to Five with a
Broadway date set for the fall of 2006 or early 2007.
- It looks like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels took a serious dip in sales
during the two-week vacation John Lithgow took in August. Producers
are scrambling to find just the right replacement for Lithgow when
his contract expires on January 8. The rumor mill has them chatting with Kelsey
- The 1980's musical Dreamgirls is heading for the big screen in
December 2006. This groundbreaking original musical debuted on Broadway
in December 1982 and played over 1,000 performances closing in August 1985. Loosely
based on the rise of the 60's trio The Supremes, Dreamgirls the
film will star Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy.
- Dame Judi Dench is set to return to the West End in a revival
of Noel Coward's Hay Fever in April at the Royal Haymarket.
- British playwright Harold Pinter was honoured recently
with the 2005 Nobel Prize for literature. The 75-year-old
east Londoner is known for such riveting plays as Betrayal,
The Caretaker, No Man's Land, The Homecoming and The
Birthday Party. His talents are not exclusively as a writer, Pinter has
made his mark as a director, actor, poet and political activist.
- The passing of playwright August Wilson recently,
of liver cancer, is the end of an era. Mr. Wilson wrote
a 10-play cycle recording the black experience in 20th-century
America. During this journey we were privileged to have
such great works as Fences, The Piano Lesson and Ma
Rainey's Black Bottom. His plays were thought provoking,
and poetic speaking to the effects of slavery on succeeding
generations of black Americans. It is fitting that shortly
after his passing Broadway's Virginia Theatre was rededicated
as The August Wilson Theatre. The public ceremony took place
on October 16 celebrating the multi Pulitzer Prize winner.